Metro rejects ‘blue lies’

2018-05-16 06:00

The Mangaung Metro Municipality has reassured residents of the city that there are no envisaged water interruptions due to the council’s non-payment to the supplier Bloemwater.

Assurances were made following media reports about the city council’s failure to pay Bloem­water.

This also came after the DA had raised grave concerns regarding possible interruptions of water supply in future due to non-payment.

Qondile Khedama, spokesperson of the Mangaung Metro, has refuted reports over possible water cuts due to the city council’s failure to pay the supplier.

“The Mangaung Metro is servicing its account with Bloemwater in line with the payment plan agreed upon earlier,” said Khedama.

“We have been paying Bloemwater’s current account since the meeting with the Minister of Water and Sanitation. The council approved the payment plan on 26 April and the second payment of R22 million was processed Friday, 4 May.”

“The account for March 2018, which was due on 30 April, was reconciled as part of the arrangement amount, as adopted by council.”

According to Khedama, the city council was complying with the arrangement. He stressed that account for April 2018 would be paid by end of May.

“We are waiting for Bloemwater to provide their reconciliation of the figures to be aligned on both sides. The non-payment statement in circulation is “blue lies” intended to bring instability within the administration of the Mangaung Metro.

“We have long advised citizens of Mangaung to ignore unofficial information by political parties who are fighting political battles. The city council and Bloem­water’s administrative leadership continue to enjoy each other’s cooperation and are refusing to be part of confusion,” he said.

“We would once again like to acknowledge and express our appreciation for the cooperation of citizens of Mangaung and for their engagement with the city and for enquiring on all issues affecting them,” said Khedama.

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